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Old 12-01-19, 10:09 PM   #681
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If you managed to make those bends with that bender then I'm really impressed. They have a lovely habit of totally crushing the pipe on the second to last bend you "pull" making all previous work wasted.
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Old 12-01-19, 11:21 PM   #682
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A drop of heavy steam oil works wonders on pipe bending tools
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Old 13-01-19, 12:18 AM   #683
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Agree, or any oil helps. I've found those "mini benders" to be useless.

Probably the monkey on the handle....
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Old 19-01-19, 11:55 AM   #684
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A little more progress on the lighting plant this week, it's ready to test run and if successful; ready for it's first outing.

The wheels went back on after painting early in the week, the pipework clamps fitted and I have run some temporary wiring to a small terminal board. The dynamo control box is yet to be completed so this will allow me to connect up an external rheostat and my light box.

The panel is made from scrap aluminium, the bracket folded at 90 degrees, edges linished to a radius and the holes punched. On the back of the terminals, the insulators are red fibre, punched out of 1/8" sheet on the press. The fuse came from a house I used to live in, some previous owner had neatly stashed all the original 1920's switches and fuse box in the loft.. The cables run in flexible conduit, out of sight underneath.

When the control box is done, I'll make up some more "vintage" which can carry the cables along the back of the trolley rails to the board- probably a brass tube with brackets soldered on, something like that.

Untitled by Phillip Sheppard, on Flickr

Untitled by Phillip Sheppard, on Flickr

The water tank now has it's fittings and I've come up with an idea for the stand. I was intending to test run it today, but it looks like a better day tomorrow..

There are still quite a few details I want to improve, the exhaust being one of them but it needs a good day running to prove all is well - the longest run so far is about five minutes.

Untitled by Phillip Sheppard, on Flickr

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Old 19-01-19, 12:28 PM   #685
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Phill, the exhaust, you maybe be better substituting a 45 degree elbow for that 90, or adding a second 90 to point the exhaust away from your nice new hoses, they are going to be quite oily after an hour.

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Old 20-01-19, 08:36 PM   #686
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MpgYrA6cqo&t=776s

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I haven't watched the video yet, but from the photos, I think that set looks really nice.

Incidentally I used a 100 ohm rheostat to control my 50V 0.850 KVA dynamo and it works fine. What is the voltage on yours ?
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Excellent work Phill, it looks lovely

Thanks, Paul.
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Thanks gents.

The dynamo is rated 50 to 70 Volts DC, though it will easily produce 100V unregulated. It's lighting 50 Volt lamps in the video.

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